Virginia Chess Clubs

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Please be sure to include an email address and a phone number where the contact(s) can be reached. 
Club info not updated and/or verified for over two years is subject to deletion. 
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Club:                      Arlington Chess Club

Where:                   Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203

When:                    Fridays, 7pm - 1am

Info:                       Rated Ladder games start at 8pm. Monthly tournaments: Blitz, and Friday evening and Saturday Actions. DC Chess League, club championships, simuls, lectures, private lessons, plus books/equipment for sale.  Open to players of all ages and abilities - under age 18 and beginners welcome - handicap accessible. Players should bring their own chess sets/clocks/other equipment. 

Contact(s):             Adam Chrisney,

Last Updated:        2/20/2017


Club:                      Arlington Seniors Club

Where:              Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22207

When:                    Mondays 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (except holidays and days when Arlington Public Schools are closed due to weather

Info:                       Newcomers welcome, instruction available. 9:30am - Presentations by FM Macon Shibut; Skittles games10:30am - 2pm Occasionally the group schedules a gambit tournament.

Contact(s):             Anne Peret, (703) 228-4878;      Macon Shibut

Website/social        Community Center website

Last Updated:        2/22/2017


Club:                      Road to Mastery

Where:                   20609 Gordon Park Square, Suite 130, Ashburn VA 20147

Info:                       We have organized the Road to Mastery Training Center.  Our goal is to give a helping hand to the avid chess players of Ashburn. and Northern Virginia as a whole. to walk the road that leads to chess mastery.  We are proud of this tradition we established in Ashburn Chess Club which was founded in 2009. 

Contact(s):             GM Akshayraj Kore,

Last Updated:        11/28/2017


Club:                      Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids

Where:                   21690 Red Rum Drive, Unit 182, Ashburn VA 20147

Info:                       We organize scholastic tournaments and offer highly structured chess curriculum designed for students with zero chess knowledge all the way to the advanced (Class A) level. 

Contact(s):             Joseph Calapati,

Last Updated:        3/31/2018


Club:                      Chess Club of Virginia Tech

Where:              Room 102, Johnston Student Center, Virginia Tech

When:                    As of August 2016, meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:45 PM

Info:                       See Website: 

Contact(s):             John Josiah Pierce

Last Updated:        9/12/2016


Club:                      Charlottesville Chess Club

Where:                   St. Mark Lutheran Church 100 Alderman Rd. at the junction of Alderman Rd & Ivy Rd.

When:                    Mondays, 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Info:                       Pending

Contact(s):            John Teixeira

Last Updated:       2/14/2017


Club:                      U VA Chess Club

Where:                   Unknown

When:                    Unknown

Info & Contact(s):  Benjamin Vaughan (no contact info)
Last Updated:        9/12/2016


Club:                      Culpeper County Chess Club

Where:                   271 Southgate Shopping Ctr

When:                    Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Info:                       Click here to visit the Club's Facebook Page

Contact(s):             Louis Torres and Charity Karstetter

Last Updated:        11/4/2016


Club:                      Dahlgren Seakings Chess Club

Where:                   Cannonball Lanes (Bowling Alley), Multi-purpose Room

When:                    Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Info:                       Click here to visit the Club's Facebook Page

Contact(s):             Lieutenant Commander Brian Curran, US Navy,

Phone / Email:        Cell 540-623-3653, Email to:

Last Updated:        10/6/2018

Gloucester  (Closed, 29 April 2016)


Club:                     Henrico Chess Club ... CLOSED.  (Updated 8/13/2020)


Club:                     Tuckahoe Chess Club  (Updated 6/7/2019)

Where:                  Panera Bread (next to Regency Mall), 1307 Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23229

When:                   Every Thursday, 5-9:30 PM

Info & Contacts:   Charles Chen (804) 301-2097

Last Updated:       6/7/2019 (info provided by Mark Warriner)

Mechanicsville (CLOSED AS OF MARCH 19, 2019)

Newport News

Club:                      Peninsula Chess Club   Closed

Where:                   most likely does not have a site. Last known activity was in mid 2018.

When:                    unknown

Info:                       Facebook

Contact(s):             unknown

Last Updated:        4/26/2021


Club:                     Hampton Roads Chess Club.

Where:                  See Virginia Beach for details

Last Updated:       6/16/2021


Club:                     Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club.  Run by the Hampton Roads Chess Association a 501(C)(3) organization.

Where:                   See Virginia Beach for details.

Last Updated:        6/16/2021


Club:                      Norfolk Community Chess Club

Where:                   Lambert’s Point Recreation Center 1251 W. 42nd street, Norfolk, Va.

When:                    Wednesday’s from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Year-round.

Info:                       Weekly chess club. Pop-up chess sessions offered for festivals and community events. 
                               Norfolk Facility Use Card or $3 daily guest pass required.

Contact(s)              Lisa Suhay Program Director  757-339-1811

Last Updated:        3/20/2019


Club:                      Slover Library Chess Club
Where:                   Slover Library  235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, Norfolk
When:                    1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month from  6:00pm - 7:30pm  January - April 2017
Info:                       Meets @ the 5th/teen floor.  A free chess club for players of all ages and skill levels.
Contact(s)              Anton White  757-431-7480
Last Updated:        11/1/2016  Verified 3/21/2019


Club:                      Lisa Suhay @ Slover Library Chess Club.  Club is inactive until summer.

Where:                   Slover Library  235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, Norfolk

When:                    There is chess activity on Fridays at 10:30 am but that’s in the Summer and Fall only.

Info:                       Current info will be posted when known

Contact(s)              Lisa Suhay 757-339-1811

Last Updated:        3/20/2019


Club:                      Hugenot Chess Knights

Where:                   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

                                        10660 Duryea Drive  Richmond, Va 23235-2107

When:                    1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 7pm - 11pm

Info:                       N/A

Contact(s):             Walter Chester, (804) 276-5662

Last Updated:        12/10/2010


Club:                      Richmond Chess Initiative (RCI)

Info:                       Open to all ages.  Parking on site, bus stop is close by.  See our website for more information!

Where:                   607 Wickham St, Suite 2, Richmond, VA 23222

When:                    Thursdays, 6-10pm until Nov 5, 2017.  On Nov 6th hours change to 5-9:30pm Monday thru Friday

Contact Info:          Mike Callaham, 804-426-6058,

Web Site:     


Club:                      RVA Pieces 

Where:                   Gallery5 200 West Marshall Street

When:                    Wednesday evenings, 6-10pm

Info:                       Whereas the club focuses on chess, we encourage all gaming. All skill levels are welcome. Play fast, make mistakes, have fun! Doing is learning! Cheers!

Contact(s):             R. Adrian Rhodes

Website/social        website none          Facebook

Last Updated:        2/22/2017

Club:                     Chess Club at VCU
Where:                  VCU Student Commons
When:                    Wed. & Thurs. each week from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Info:                      Open to all students and non-students (associate members).  Currently have 329 members and climbing.  Average attendance at each meeting is 20+.
Contacts:               Juan Goncalves Borrega (President) at; Rich VanDeventer (Associate Advisor) at


Club:                    Roanoke Valley Chess Club

Where:                 Raleigh Court Branch Library. 2112 Grandin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24015  Map & Directions

When:                  Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 pm

 Info:                    Come to the Community Room in back of the building We offer casual play, club ladders and championships, and a number of rated and unrated tournaments of various formats.

 Contacts:             Mike Huff/   (540) 345-7365

Website/social:    Website     Facebook

 Last Updated:    2/25/2017


Club:                      Star City Chess Club

Where:                   Grandin CoLab, 1327 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

When:                    Tuesdays 1800-2100 (free lessons), Fridays 1800-2200 (casual chess, unrated tournaments), Saturdays (USCF-rated play) See the calendar on the website


Contact(s):             Courtney Barnes, (636)-36C-HESS

Last Updated:        6/15/2016



Club:                      Kingstown Chess Club

Where:                   Kingstowne Community South Center (6080 Kingstowne Pkwy),
                                Near Intersection of KVP & Hayfield

When:                    Tuesdays, 7pm - 9:30pm

Info:                       Free, Everyone is Welcome

Contact(s):             Gary McMullin (703) 946-3561

Last Updated:        06/15/2016

Vienna / DC

Club:                      Vienna Chess Club

Where:                   Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE; Vienna, VA 22180

When:                    Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:15pm

Info:                       Primarily Scholastics, but OPEN TO EVERYONE

Contact(s):             Yuri Bogdanov (,

Last Updated:        5/22/2013

Virginia Beach 

Club:                     Virginia Beach Chess Club

Where:              Joint Use Library @ Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

When:                    Thursdays 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Info:                       Casual Chess for players of all ages. Limited equipment so bring your own if you have them. Players are rotated after 2-3 games, mostly timed at game in 15

Contact(s):             Mik Lestyan

Last Updated:         4/1/2019


Club:                      Hampton Roads Chess Club [HRCC]

Where:                   Eastminster Presbyterian Church  3229 MacDonald Road  Virginia Beach, VA  23464

When:                    Tuesdays, 7pm - 10pm

Info:                       Rated and casual chess for players of all ages and skills.

Contact(s):             Robert Jackson  Phone: 757-416-2075 Email:  Website:   Facebook: Click to view.

Last Updated:        6/16/2021


Club:                      Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club [HRSCC]

Where:                   Eastminster Presbyterian Church  3229 MacDonald Road  Virginia Beach, VA  23464

When:                    Tuesdays, 5pm - 7pm

Info:                       A chess club for scholastic [K-12] players interested in serious competitive chess. Beginners and experienced players.

Contact(s):             Tina Schweiss, email:   Website:   Facebook: Click to view.

Last Updated:        6/16/2021


Club:                    William & Mary Chess Club

Where:                 Office of Student Leadership Development, 203 Campus Center PO Box 8795  Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

When:                  Email for location. Meets Thursdays from 7-9 pm

Info:                     To promote interest in the game of Chess for fun and in preparation for competition. The meetings are designed
                             for William & Mary students, but visitors are welcome to join us. To participate, please shoot us an email beforehand.


Last Updated:      2/14/2017 


Club:                    Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Where:                 Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601

When:                  2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  4:30 - 7:30 pm

Info:                     Free and Open to the Public for All ages and All skill levels. Bring your chess boards and equipment, or just yourself and a friend.
                             Beginner / intermediate demo at 5:15pm. Rated/Unrated Tournaments, special events, and online training offered throughout year.

Contact(s):            David Hubbard, Club/ USCF Tournament Director, ,   cell 973-280-7189

Website/Social:    Twitter/Instagram: @WinCityChess

Last Updated:        2/13/2017

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